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Somers Closes Lake Lincolndale After Oil Spill

The Town of Somers is cautioning residents that Lake Lincolndale is closed for swimming until further notice after oil leaked into the lake earlier this week.
The Town of Somers is cautioning residents that Lake Lincolndale is closed for swimming until further notice after oil leaked into the lake earlier this week. Photo Credit: File Photo

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers officials have closed Lake Lincolndale for swimming until further notice after oil leaked into the lake early this week.

An oil tank in the basement of a home on Myrtle Drive leaked out and rain waters from earlier this week caused the spill to leak into Lake Lincolndale, said Somers Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy on Friday. Representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Westchester County Health Department have responded to the scene and have hired a company to clean up the spill, Murphy said.

"There is no swimming at the lake until the health department clears it," Murphy said Friday. "I think they're coming out and testing on a daily basis but they have not given a date for allowing swimming in the lake again."

Murphy wants residents to know the town responded to the situation as quickly as possible and that cleaning the lake is a priority.

"It's unfortunate that this has caused problems here in town but everyone should be patient with us," she said. "The appropriate agencies are on top of it and it will get cleaned up just as quickly as it can be."

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